Rapid Fire 2011-05-23: Open Source Military Software

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* Die Welt reports that Iran & Venezuela are collaborating on a hardened underground silo complex for Shebab-3 medium range ballistic missiles, on the Paraguana peninsula above Coro, Venezuela. * A leaked UN report says Iran and North Korea are exchanging ballistic missile technology, with help from China. Al-Jazeera Inside Story (incl. video). * GAO faults DoD’s efforts to include combatant commands in weapons system development. * Chile has reportedly picked Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 as its next high-end UAV. While the Hermes 450 has been a popular export, this would be the larger Hermes 900 MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) UAV’s 1st export order. * India conducts 2 successful tests of its indigenously developed Astra medium range air-to-air missile. * Spain fails to reach NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defense in 2010. Just like most other NATO countries. * DoD publishes open-source technology guide for military software, in an effort to encourage contractors to implement open technology development, rather than proprietary technology, for defense systems. * Russia wants assurance from NATO that a European missile defense system is not be directed at their country. As long as they don’t launch missiles against NATO members, it won’t […]

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